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View Hidden Passwords Behind Asterisks in Chrome and Firefox

Almost all browsers hide the password field with asterisks for security purposes. having your browser save them saves you the hassle of remembering them all. But if your password wasn’t saved for some reason, and have a complex passcode, it’s nice to be able to see what’s behind the curtain.

See Passwords Behind Asterisk in Google Chrome

Open any website where you have your password saved, right click on the password field and go to Inspect Element.

When the HTML Editor in opens, look for input type = “password” field and change “password” to “text” and press Enter to save.

An easy way to find that line of code is hit Ctrl + F  and type: password in the search field and arrow to it.

There you have it!

Show Passwords in Firefox

The process if virtually the same. Right-click the password field and click Inspect Element.

Firefox Password 1

A gray bar will appear with the password field highlighted. Press Alt+M or click on the icon shown below to open the Markup panel.

Firefox Password 2

It will show you the code for the password field. Just look at the highlighted line and change type=”password” to “text”.

Firefox Password 3

Do remember to change the type back to password, especially if you have multiple users on your computer.

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2 Responses to View Hidden Passwords Behind Asterisks in Chrome and Firefox

  1. disqus_OYlLN8LWUw January 3, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    This may be handy to know. However Firefox will tell you the passwords under the options menu.
    It would be worth noting that in IE 9 this is also possible using the developer tools that are now built into IE.

  2. Kristi Richardson January 3, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Doesn’t this make you more vulnerble to hacks? Can’t anyone then find out your password? I am not tech savvy, so maybe I am missing something here.

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